Month: September 2015

‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ Published in Flash Frontier today!

Today my flash fiction ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ was published in the September 2015 issue of Flash Frontier, which was on the theme of science. You can read my story, and other wonderful flashes, by following this link here.

Here’s what the two guest editors, Kathy Fish and Tania Hershman, have to say about this issue:

Guest Editors Kathy Fish and Tania Hershman on this issue:

Tania and I share a love of science (though Tania’s more knowledgeable that I am), so our “theme” presented itself immediately. I was very curious to see what flash writers would do with the theme in such limited space. We received a fascinating mix and they were great fun to read. I especially enjoyed the stories where the writer allowed her imagination free rein. And when the writing itself was striking, so much the better! We went through two rounds of reading the 77 submissions we received for this issue and made some difficult decisions, but trust you’ll enjoy the mix of science themed stories we have selected for this issue of Flash Frontier!
-Kathy Fish
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What I am always looking for, but especially with very very short stories, is a piece that marries a compelling story with a love for language, one that grips me from the very start and never lets me go. Yes, even a 250-word flash story can become baggy in the middle! When it comes to fiction inspired by science, here I wanted to be delighted by an original take on a scientific topic, one not constrained by fact but where imagination was let loose – plus the above-mentioned story and love for language. An idea is not enough, you have to find a way to involve the reader in the story, make us feel. I was thrilled by how many submissions we got, and how varied they were – although for quite a few writers science was something done at school and never since! Between us we chose, we hope, a variety of styles and approaches, but all great stories, all not just fitting themselves into the length constraints but celebrating brevity, using it to tell a story that would become an entirely different animal if longer, and often sliding in some science with playfulness. Thank you to all those who submitted, keep playing with science!

-Tania Hershman

It is wonderful to be in this edition of Flash Frontier and to have had my story selected by two incredible flash fiction writers I admire. ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ as a title gives you, I believe, a taster of what to expect from the flash, but I do encourage you to check it out! I’m particularly proud of this flash, and I hope you enjoy it as much as Kathy and Tania did to select it for Flash Frontier.

‘Backspace’ to be Published in the Journal of Microliterature!

A micro-fiction of mine called ‘Backspace’ has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Microliterature. The editor said they were thrilled to be able to accept a piece of my writing in their journal, but the pleasure is all mine. It’s a great online journal featuring tiny tales.

‘Backspace’ is about all the things that we think we’re powerful enough to say behind a computer screen but decide not to. Intrigued? Well you’ll need to wait until January to read it…something to look forward to in the new year!

Why not check out the Journal of Microliterature by following this link here.

‘Crumbs’ to be Published by The Flash Fiction Press!

My flash fiction, ‘Crumbs’, will be published by a new online flash fiction magazine The Flash Fiction Press on October 6th.

You should definitely check out this new flash fiction magazine. They accept a wide scope of fiction in terms of genre, form, and degrees of experimentation. Their word limit is anything between 100 words and 1200 words so that’s a lot of words you can play with! Their website is here and you can subscribe to email updates too.

A recurring theme in my flash fiction would be misunderstandings, be that our own misunderstanding of others, others misunderstanding of us, or our own misunderstanding of ourselves and the world around us. I think that the way different people perceive the same events, different peoples’ points of view on something, and the exposure of the reality, is really interesting to explore in fiction. ‘Crumbs’ captures this feeling through two characters; it’s about perceptions and the realisation of reality.

I’ll post a link when ‘Crumbs’ is published, but in the meantime, why not read some of the other flash fiction The Flash Fiction Press has published, and maybe consider submitting your own?

‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ to be Published by Flash Frontier in their September / Science Issue!

I’m very happy to share with you all that my flash fiction ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ has been accepted for publication in Flash Frontier‘s September issue, which will be on the theme of Science.

All submissions were read blind and selected by two very good well known flash fiction writers: Kathy Fish and Tania Hershman. This particularly excites me because Tania Hershman is a writer who I admire a lot and inspired me to write flash fiction in the first place. During my first year at Bath Spa University Tania was invited to do a reading from her newest collection My Mother Was an Upright Piano and if you have no idea what I’m talking about get your hands on a copy and read it now.

This is the first time I’ll be published by Flash Frontier, which is edited by two great flash fiction writers Michelle Elvy and James Norcliffe.

I can’t wait for this issue to be published and to read the other stories that’ll be featured.

As you can probably guess from the title ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ is a flash fiction about an individual who decides to grow themselves a new boyfriend. To find out why you’ll have to wait until it’s published!

‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’ Published in Unbroken Journal, and why I write Prose Poetry (sometimes).

Today my first prose poems to be accepted for publication, ‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’, have been published in Unbroken Journal, in their Autumn / Halloween special for 2015.

I enjoy writing and reading flash fiction and prose poetry. What I’m not about to share with you are what I believe to be the difference between the two forms (there are plenty of debates already out there online) but what I will share with you is why I like writing both flash fiction and prose poetry.

You see, I never really liked writing poetry and I (still) don’t know why; perhaps I can’t get my head around the technicalities, or hear where the line breaks should be. I loved immersing myself in the reading of poetry, but I’d never been a lover of writing the stuff until I discovered prose poetry.

Writing prose poetry comes with its own challenges and also, for me, a release that I don’t tend to achieve writing flash fiction. In both writing prose poetry and flash fiction I get to release something. When I write flash fiction, or any other prose for that matter, I’m able to bring to life a story that’s more often than not imaginary, completely fictional, though not always. When I write prose poetry, however, I feel I’m able to tap into a part of me that fiction doesn’t allow; prose poetry allows me explore my emotions yet retain a certain element of ambiguity.

Are my prose poems autobiographical, then? Potentially, in some ways maybe, yes, and no. Inspired by something real is perhaps more accurate; an atom of something experienced and how that made me feel, you could say.

Back to ‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’. I’m very happy that these two poems have been published together. If you read them, which I hope you do, or even from reading this blog post, you may think both poems are very similar. In a way they are; they were inspired by the same thing, but what (I hope) distinguishes them (other than the poems themselves) are the titles. ‘Stuck’ suggests you’re somewhere where you don’t want to be, whereas ‘Caught’ implies capture. Okay, this sounds the same still. I think what I’m trying to say (and not very eloquently I know) is that they come from different perspectives of the same thing; ‘Caught’ being more spellbinding, and ‘Stuck’ being more hopeless, empty.

Anyway, read them for yourself. I haven’t finished reading the full issue yet, but what I have read is incredible. I love this journal, having read previous issues, and am very happy to say that I have two more prose poems, ‘Midnight Sky in Winter’ and ‘Tessellation’, due to be published in their next two upcoming issues.

You can read both poems by following this link here – Unbroken Journal. You’ll notice it’s a double-page spread – yes that does make me feel very special! The photos accompanying my prose poems are beautiful, and really capture an essence of what they’re about. I hope you enjoy them and the other writing featured in this great journal!